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Ways to Make Sunshine - Renee Watson Author Interview and Review

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*Affiliate link Ryan Hart loves to spend time with her friends, loves to invent recipies, and has a lot on her mind—school, self-image, and family. Her dad finally has a new job, but money is tight. That means changes like selling their second car and moving into a new (old) house. But Ryan is a girl who knows how to make sunshine out of setbacks. Because Ryan is all about trying to see the best. Even when things aren’t all she would wish for—her brother is infuriating, her parents don’t understand, when her recipies don’t turn out right, and when the unexpected occurs—she can find a way forward, with wit and plenty of sunshine. My review:  The whole time I was reading I kept thinking this was written to be the next great series that kids can relate to, and then I read that it’s Renee’s version of Ramona Quimby series and I couldn’t be more excited. It ended where I have so many questions, but I know that Ryan’a stories are just beginning. There were so many a

The Space Between Lost and Found: Review and Author Interview

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*Affiliate Link From the acclaimed author of  Extraordinary Birds , a powerful story about family, friendship, and the light that can be found even in the darkest of places. Cassie's always looked up to her mom, a vibrant woman bursting with grand ideas. Together they planned to check off every dream on their think-big bucket list, no matter how far the adventures took them. The future seemed unlimited. But then came the diagnosis, and Mom started to lose her memories. Even the ones Cassie thought she'd never forget. Even Cassie's name. Cassie tries her hardest to keep Mom happy . . . to focus on math lessons and come up with art ideas that used to burst off her pen. But as Mom's memories dimmed, so did Cassie's inspiration. She's even pushed away Bailey, the one friend who could help make things okay. So, Cassie decides to take action. It's time for one last adventure… even if it means taking a big risk to get there.

IMWAYR: 4.20.20

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Just as I was about to publish this post, Ohio teachers received word that our schools would remain closed for the remainder of the year. No surprise-yet still devastating. The unknown has been impacting my reading life. Books that are keeping my interest include ones about animals, ones with a lot of kissing, and stories featuring baking or game show competitions.  Does anyone have any recommendations for me? 

My Favorite Genre

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Good Morning! I hope everyone is well and staying healthy. This has been a very hard and bittersweet time. I love having this new found time to explore and spend time with my family, but I truly miss my students. I have missed my home away from home: my classroom. It was my release from the hustle and bustle of home life. Well I can’t change any of that. Another upside to having more time at home, is I have so much more time to read and this brings me to my post today. I have loved reading scary/horror stories since I was a kid. I grew up reading every single Goosebumps book published. I even had one that had three books in it and when you opened it it would scream. LOL can you imagine how mad my third grade teacher was when I brought that book to school. I can’t tell you how many looks she gave me and warning to take my book away. Lucky for me I was able to hook and unhook the screaming part of the book so while at school it didn’t disrupt the whole class unless I forgot befo

Author Spotlight: Brigit Young

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Release Date: April 14 In The Prettiest , my forthcoming middle grade novel, the dedication reads: For my mom, Brady. Back when I was in middle school you told me I should write about it. You were right. You see, by seventh grade, the topic of sexual harassment at my school had turned into a weekly - if not nightly - rant over family dinner.  The snapped bras. The endless lists, like “top ten best bodies” and “best chest.” The ratings from 1-10 on body, face, and personality. The absurd slur “slut” thrown around at girls who hadn’t even had their first kisses yet. The constant assessment of each and every body part. The grabbing.  I knew it was wrong, and I regaled my family with tales of this injustice. I remember my father asking me what the adults were doing. "Nothing," I reported, which is certainly how it seemed to me, though in retrospect there may have been action behind the scenes. I never saw it. My mother said she was going to speak to the s

Distance Learning Book Clubs

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Hi friends! I wanted to share with you how I am doing book clubs through distance learning. I gave students the option to choose from a list of Audiobooks that they all have available to them from their devices at home. Typically they would all have a physical copy, work is groups of 3-4, and we would meet and discuss daily, BUT given the circumstance it's all via an online platform. They could choose from the list which book to start their empathy book club study. Every two days they are to write a reading response answering certain questions. We are on WEEK 3, but WEEK 2 of the study, so I will add more questions as I pose them to the students throughout the weeks. They have three options to write their responses: Hand write - take a picture and email it to me  Write it in the body of an email Write it on Notability or Google Doc and add to it daily and send to me After they get finished, they are then to do an empathy one pager which I will attach the directions a